Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
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Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)

A Landing Stage on the Seine

Details
Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
A Landing Stage on the Seine
signed 'IVON HITCHENS.' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour on paper
11 x 14 ¾ in. (27.8 x 37.5 cm.)
Executed in 1924.
Provenance
Mollie Hitchens, from whom purchased by the present owner in July 1980.
Literature
A. Bowness (ed.), Ivon Hitchens, London, 1973, n.p., no. 124.
P. Khoroche, Ivon Hitchens, London, 1990, n.p., no. 104.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay


This French river scene was painted when Claude Flight, the great exponent of the colour linocut which he used to depict speed and movement, invited Hitchens to stay with him in August 1924 at Chantemesle, near Vernon, on the Seine. Two other artists joined them, Harold Williamson and Percy Jowett, and they all stayed in one of the caves used as a summer holiday retreat, dug into the chalk hillside. From the subject of Red House (lot 336) — depicted here in front of the chalk cliffs — this watercolour might also date from that same French visit in 1924, and not to the earlier date of 1922-23.

A.L.
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